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From the Potomac Army
A MOVEMENT IN SUCCESSFUL PROGRESS.
BURBRIDGE’S OFFICIAL REPORT.
GRANT’S BASE CHANGED TO JAMES RIVER.
The Attack on Petersburg.
WAR DEPARTMENT, WASHINGTON,
June 14 — Midnight.
To Major General Dix:
We have dispatches from the Army of the Potomac dated at eight o’clock this morning. The movements at that time were in successful progress.
There are no reports from Sherman to-day.
The following dispatch from Burbridge, commanding in Kentucky, has just been received here: I attacked Morgan, at Cynthiana, at daylight yesterday morning, and, after an hour’s hard fighting, completely routed him, killing three hundred, wounding nearly as many, and capturing nearly four hundred, besides re-capturing nearly one hundred of General Hobson’s command, and over a thousand horses.
Our loss in killed and wounded was about one hundred and fifty. Morgan’s scattered forces are flying in all directions, have thrown away their arms and are out of ammunition, and are wholly demoralized.
Dispatches from Butler up to 9 o’clock this evening indicate no change in his command.
No further intelligence has been received from General Hunter.
E. M. STANTON,
Secretary of War.
NEW YORK, June 14. — The World says:
“It is now disclosed that the army under Grant has effected a change of base to James River. All movements that the army has made since the battle of Friday, the 3d, have arrived at this consummation, which shadowed forth though not disclosed.
The raid of Sheridan, the destruction of railroads and the investment of Fort Darling, with a view of opening James River for our gunboats, seems to indicate that every available force is being employed in the next offensive movement.
(Special to the World.)
WASHINGTON, June 13. — Several boats have arrived from White House to-day, leaving there last night.
They bring no news proper for publication.
But little skirmishing had occurred for a few days.
There was much anxiety to hear from Gen. Sheridan’s raid, as it was to be a long and important one.
The city has been filled with rumors to-day, that Fort Darling has been again largely invested, and must soon surrender, thus allowing our gunboats to pass up James River farther toward, if not into Richmond.
HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,
June 11 — P. M.
The past few days has been quite uneventful to the Army of the Potomac. Our lines are scarcely nearer to the enemy than was their position at the close of the battle on Friday — more than a week ago.
The troops on both sides, each behind their entrenchments, have kept up a desultory but useless fire just sufficient to make it apparent that their respective works were not vacant. Both armies in fact have been enjoying repose, which was needed after the hard fighting and rapid marching of three weeks campaigning.
From the banks of the Rapidan to-day the silence is even more marked than before. The sound of musketry has been heard along the entire front.
From the present indications it is not likely there will be any fighting for several days to come, but the storm is brewing, and may burst in quarters least expected by the enemy.
It is not proper to say precisely how General Grant will attempt to discomfit the enemy.
The Herald’s correspondence off Point of Rocks, Appomattox River, Virginia, June 10, says: At 8 A. M., on the 9th, the gunboats Commodore Perry and General Putnam opened fire on the rebel fort Clifton, near Petersburg, Virginia, which were readily answered by the graybacks.
The Commodore Perry lay upon the right branch of the river, above Fort Waltham, a distance of between three and four miles from the rebel fort, while the General Putnam, being of lighter draught, ran up the left branch, within a mile and a half of the rebel works, and delivered fire with such precision as to cause the partial abandonment of their works; but from a masked battery to the right of the main works an incessant fire was kept upon us until towards noon, when, the fire from our gunboats having silenced the guns of the main fort, they directed their fire entirely at the interesting object on the right, which had been the source of great annoyance to us during our engagement with the main battery; but it was evident that the rebels did not relish our mode of doing business, and they retired. Firing from our side continued at intervals throughout the day. No damage was done to the gunboats engaged. It was a splendid affair, and reflects great credit on the officers and men on both sides.
NEW YORK, June 14. — The steamer Northern Light has just arrived from Aspinwall. A fire at Aspinwall, on the 30th ult., destroyed two blocks, including the City Hotel. Loss heavy.
An attempt to assassinate Mosquera was unsuccessful.
The steamer Illinois was at Aspinwall on the 5th, awaiting the arrival of the America at Panama from San Francisco.
WASHINGTON, June 14. — The Senate has confirmed the nomination of General Buford, deceased, to be Major-General from July 1st, 1863.1
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- Cincinnati Daily Enquirer, June 15, 1864 ↩